Were driveshafts painted or raw from factory?

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  1. gliderider06

    gliderider06 Well-Known Member

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    I'm getting to the point of installing the driveshaft finally, and was wondering if they painted the shafts in 73? I'm not building a show car by any means. Just want everything clean and as close to factory when I can.
    Thanks!
     
  2. harrisonm

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    I don't know the answer, but if you want a bare (or raw) metal look, Eastwood has several rattle can paint colors that look REALLY good. So you get the look of bare metal with no rust. I do a lot of powder coating, but I really like these paints. Take a look.
     
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    • mbaird

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      Hmmm.. always assumed they were painted . But now you have me wondering.
       
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      • 1994redram

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        I've never seen one with any trace amount of paint on them. They're always pretty dang rusty.
         
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          Rust
           
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          Rusty in OK ? I don't recall them being all that Rusty in MN. That's why I assumed try hey we're painted .
           
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          It strikes me as a no-brainer to protect and paint it... "By no means a show car"..
          Even if it was a show car you would have to be taking it to the concours laying mirrors on the ground and all that stuff for anybody to really give a hoot...
           
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            Did you see that Mopar Bob it had paint on the drive shaft!....
            That's going to cost him the trophy....
             
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            • Dana67Dart

              Dana67Dart Like a fine wine, only getting better with age! FABO Gold Member

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              If it's rusty no paint, if it is not rusty it is / was painted.
               
            • MoparMike1974

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              I dont think they were painted. Some vehicles built nowadays are also bare steel (rust). Not sure why they choose not to paint the drive shaft.
               
            • rumblefish360

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              Clear coat.... LOL
               
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              • oldkimmer

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                I never seen a factory painted one. I have about 30 and none of them have any paint. I do paint some of my own though. Kim
                 
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                  Mine has faded lettering on it, not sure what it is exactly.
                  You could paint, 'install this driveshaft' on it for extra points.
                   
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                  • A56

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                    Never saw any painted back in the day coming off of the car carrier when I worked at the car dealership
                     
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                    • roccodart440

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                    • Dicer

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                      Started out as a new car prep in my automotive career, never seen one painted... they were bare with a slight oily feel to them.....
                       
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                        they were left bare.
                        use RPM (rust preventative magic) from ECS for all your bare metal components
                        unless it will see salt, snow and weather regularly
                         
                      • dartfreak75

                        dartfreak75 Restore it, Dont part it! FABO Gold Member

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                        My whole car must have been unpainted! :lol:
                         
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                        • gliderider06

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                          Same as mine!
                           
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                            dartfreak75 Restore it, Dont part it! FABO Gold Member

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                            Lol
                             
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                            Yeah, clear coat over rust and they call it patina now.:rolleyes:
                             
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                            • toolmanmike

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                              Raw!!!!!! Part numbers stamped and a paint dob.
                               
                            • rumblefish360

                              rumblefish360 So close, yet so far away FABO Gold Member

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                              I never said to do that, but you can if you want, your call, not what I would do, but to each there own....
                               
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                              lmao, it's a f---in joke! Who could even imagine doing that for real? Never implied you said that. That's what some of these "patina" guys do to old trucks.
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                              • toolmanmike

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                                I like those. A buddy builds those for a living. He has sent trucks as far as Australia and has won many Sema awards.
                                 
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